Car accidents cause their victims serious physical, emotional, and financial hardship. When dealing with the aftermath of a car accident, victims often go back and forth with their insurance company regarding the compensation they receive. While most claims are settled with the insurance company itself, there is always a chance that a case can go to trial. If it does, it is important to know what to expect. Continue reading below to learn more and contact a Connecticut personal injury attorney.
Why Would I Go to Trial?
A car accident may go to trial for two primary reasons:
- You and the insurance company cannot agree about who is at fault for the accident
- Neither party is satisfied with the amount that was proposed in compensation
When a case goes to trial, you have the opportunity to prove your claim with evidence in an effort to recover more compensation. While this is true, it is important to know there is a chance you could be proven at fault and harm your chance at winning a claim and receiving compensation.
What Does a Car Accident Trial Look Like?
The process of a car accident trial begins with the selection of jurors. This is done by asking relevant questions to potential jurors to choose who is right for the case and eliminate any bias. When the jury is chosen, a trial date can be set. The trial starts with opening statements so that each side can present their argument to the jury. Insurance companies generally will argue that you should not receive compensation due to the fact that you were partially at fault for the accident. When opening statements are done, your attorney will present the evidence that backs up your claim.
In order for the trial to end, both sides make closing arguments. This is done in an effort to convince the jury to take their side. After deliberating over the case and evidence, the jury will present their decision to the judge who can then share it with you. It is important to be aware that the decision making process can take anywhere from hours to days depending on the case. If you win and the other party does not file an appeal, you may recover compensation.
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Marc N. Needelman is an experienced attorney working throughout the state of Connecticut. If you need an attorney who is ready to fight for the financial compensation you deserve, please do not hesitate to contact us to set up a free initial consultation. Our firm deals with matters relating to real estate, personal injury, criminal defense, estate planning, and more.